How Charity Manifests the Divine
A simple act: Opening your hand, stretching out your arm, placing a coin into the hand of a needy person. You would be surprised what profound mysteries and enormous powers are contained in this small gesture.
From the beginning of time humans have always been in search of heaven. From the building of the Tower of Babel to the spacecraft of our modern day, from theologians, mystics and philosophers to religious practices and cultural rituals, every race, creed and community seeks to touch the beyond.
Blake said it so well: To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour.
But how? How can you hold infinity in the palm of your hand? And how can you keep it there?
Just a few years earlier, the Baal Shem Tov taught us how.
In this insight, the Baal Shem Tov teaches us how infinity and beyond is captured in the simple act of stretching out a helping hand to a person in need.